Norwalk Seaport Association honors GE Capital Real Estate

By Bill Fallon

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The Norwalk Seaport Association honored GE Capital Real Estate at its 2015 “Stars Over Sheffield” gala recently, presenting the company with its annual Beacon Award.

From left, Naomi Kydes, Lucia Rilling, Common Council Democrat John Kydes, Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, and Common Council Republicans Michelle Maggio and Doug Hempstead.
From left, Naomi Kydes, Lucia Rilling, Common Council Democrat John Kydes, Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, and Common Council Republicans Michelle Maggio and Doug Hempstead.

More than 170 attendees took part in dinner, dancing and live and silent auctions at the Norwalk Inn & Conference Center. The event raised more than $50,000 to benefit the preservation of the historic Sheffield Island Lighthouse and the association’s education programs.

In 2012 and again in 2014, more than 800 GE employees volunteered their time to ready the island and the lighthouse for visitors during the summer season.

During the event, attendees were also able to sponsor a child or a boat full of children to visit the Sheffield Island Lighthouse during the upcoming season. Association president Vinny Scicchitano said, “The pledge card idea evolved from our annual ‘Paddle Raise’ where we raised funds for a specific program or project. This year, we asked people to pledge funds for our education program on the island allowing local children to participate who otherwise would not have the opportunity.”

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Bill Fallon
Bill Fallon is editor of the Fairfield County Business Journal. He has worked at Westfair Communications for more than five years, previously editing an upstate New York daily and a national motorcycle magazine in Nevada. He attended Iona Prep in New Rochelle, N.Y., and the University of Virginia.

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